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Fall 2013-2014
GHP 403 / ANT 383 (SA)  

Health and the Social Markers of Difference

Peter A. Locke

This course will examine the role of social markers of difference including race, nationality, gender, sexuality, age and religion in current debates and challenges in global health. We will explore contemporary illness experiences and therapeutic interventions in sociocultural context through case studies from the US, Brazil, and South Africa. Students will be introduced to key concepts such as medicalization, embodiment, structural violence, and the social determinants of health, and gain experience in applying anthropological and related social scientific research methods to questions of global health policy.

Sample reading list:
Biehl, Joao, Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival
Edmonds, Alexander, Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex and Plastic Surgery in Brazil
Fassin, Didier, When Bodies Remember
Kulick, Don, Travesti
Wailoo, Keith, How Cancer Crossed the Color Line
Rouce, Carolyn, Uncertain Suffering

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading responses (1 page each); midterm essay (6-8 pages); final research paper (12-15 pages)

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23339 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm Th   Robertson Hall   005   Enrolled:14 Limit:20